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Dutch to cut Schiphol airport’s capacity over noise pollution

Bloomberg The Netherlands is planning to cut Schiphol airport’s capacity by about 20% next year to reduce noise pollution, a move the global airline lobby described as a “shocking blow” to aviation, jobs and the economy. The Dutch government said it will introduce a maximum limit of 440,000 flights at the Amsterdam hub in November 2023, meaning it will no ...

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United’s pilots agree to 14.5% pay hike

Bloomberg United Airlines Holdings Inc pilots tentatively agreed to a new contract that gives them 14.5% raises, increased overtime pay and other benefits, setting the standard as other major carriers negotiate deals with their aviators at a time of rebounding travel demand. The higher pay will come in three increases over an 18-month span, the Air Line Pilots Association said. ...

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Akasa expects test flight soon, eyes July commercial start

  Bloomberg Akasa, India’s newest airline, will conduct a proving flight with the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation as early as this week as it looks to start commercial services by around the end of July, CEO Vinay Dube said. Akasa, backed by billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, will likely receive its air operator’s certificate within days of the proving flight, ...

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Air India may hire retired pilots

  Bloomberg Air India Ltd is considering hiring retired pilots, according to an airline official with knowledge of the matter, as the money-losing carrier seeks to bolster staff to prepare for one of the largest aircraft orders in commercial aviation history. The former state-run airline reached out to superannuated pilots, asking if they would be willing to opt for an ...

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Europe’s travel woes deepen as strikes add to scrapped flights

Bloomberg A wave of airline strikes and flight cancellations is deepening Europe’s transport crisis, disrupting travel plans just as the region’s peak summer season gets under way. Walkouts in coming days at Ryanair Holdings Plc, EasyJet Plc, British Airways and Aeroports de Paris (ADP) will add to the turmoil from staffing shortages that are leading to hours-long delays and thousands ...

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Lufthansa sees no end to disrupted flights until ’23

  Bloomberg Deutsche Lufthansa AG doesn’t expect flight operations to return to normal until next year, after cutting 3,100 flights from its summer schedule due to staff shortages. “Unfortunately, we will hardly be able to realistically achieve a short-term improvement now in the summer,” Lufthansa board member Detlef Kayser said in an interview with Die Welt. The only option for ...

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Tap sees uncertain market driving key investor search

  Bloomberg Portugal’s state-owned airline Tap SA said a new investor would put it on a more solid footing as it pushes ahead with a restructuring program amid higher fuel costs and increasing geopolitical uncertainty. “It’s a very difficult market,” Chief Executive Officer Christine Ourmieres-Widener said. “Fuel costs are increasing. We could have wars, we could have pandemics, so being ...

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Lufthansa slashes 2,200 flights over staff shortages

Bloomberg Deutsche Lufthansa AG cancelled 2,200 flights after a wave of coronavirus infections worsened staffing shortages, adding to Europe’s travel chaos as the crucial summer vacation period gets under way. Germany’s flagship airline scrapped both domestic and European routes for July and August, a spokesman said. That follows 900 cancellations announced earlier this month. Lufthansa fell as much as 3.3% ...

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South Africa sued over $3 sale of troubled national airline

Bloomberg South Africa’s government and national airline are being sued by a little-known investment firm, which wants the sale of a majority stake in the carrier scrapped and re-run due to a lack of transparency. This year’s acquisition of 51% of South African Airways (SAA) by the Takatso Consortium — made up of a local jet-leasing company and a private-equity ...

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British Airways staff at Heathrow vote to strike over pay

Bloomberg British Airways (BA) workers at London Heathrow airport are set to strike in a dispute over pay, adding to a wave of industrial action across Europe that threatens to unleash travel chaos in the region this summer. The GMB and Unite unions said hundreds of BA check-in staff backed walkouts during the peak vacation period after the carrier refused ...

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